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Born Byron Elsworth Barr, he took the name "Gig Young" from the character he played in "The Gay Sisters." Young enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1941 and served as a Pharmacist’s Mate through all of World War II until his discharge in 1945. He went on to a career in Hollywood. His films included the "Game of Death," "The Three Musketeers," "Young at Heart," "The Hindenburg," "The Elite Killer," and "They Shoot Horses, Don’t They." On television he appeared in "The Rogues."
Tragically, Young shot and killed his fifth wife, German actress Kim Schmidt, after three weeks of marriage. He then took his own life.